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go to our blog at cnn.com/amfix. good to have you with us today and see you again tomorrow. >> the news continues. "cnn newsroom" with kir starkuk starts rig kyra phillips begins now. row departme rodents and mice and manure eight feet high. investigators are investigating egg farms and explains why we had a salmonella outbreak.
booze, smokes, viagra. we have seen a lot of products advertised on tv we never thought we would seen beamed into our living rooms. add one more, marijuana. i'm krya phillips. you are live in the cnn newsroom. labor day weekend looming. this story may rattle the nerves air travellers and people in charge of keeping them safe. two men were taken into custody after stepping off of chicago to amsterdam flight. they are being questioned about suspicious items inside their luggage. they include a cell phone taped to a bottle, three cell phones tapeding to, several watches taped together, a box cutter and three large knives. does homeland security think that this was a dry run for something bigger? >> reporter: that's the fear. they are keeping a tight lid on
the position and won't see what the charges are against these two men if there are any at the moment. we are expecting a statement from them within the hour. what they did say, however, is that they acted on information from the u.s. authorities. what u.s. officials have told us is that there was noggin hairently dangerous in the -- what was in the luggage but it was us is patient us to see cell phones hooked tomty bottles, knives and box cutters. they may have been trying to test secure in domestic airports but also internationally. >> how concerned are authorities right now, for example, with this pepto-bismol bottle taped to a cell phone and these other items they found? does that mean that eventually we are not going to be able to take anything through security because of this? >> reporter: i'm sure that what a lot of passengers are fearing. there's no -- big security alert happening here. business is normal.
what is important to point out perhaps is that this -- the luggage checked in and went through from originally supposed to go itinerary was to go to washington, d.c., and on to dubai. instead these two suspects instead went from chicago to amsterd amsterdam. their luggage, however, went on to dulles airport and washington, d.c. when it was scanned at dulles is when they took out the suspicious items and are now investigating it. it did not go on to that international flight as for international regulations. for those passengers who may concerned really in this case all of those international security regulations were in place. that went fine. department of homeland security has said pointed out there's noggin hairently dangerous with these. the suspicion they may have been trying to test it.
trees down. >> one of our i-reporters except us these pictures of hurricane earl pounding the coast of st. kitts. earl is a category 4 storm with winds of 135 miles per hour. looks like it could hit the u.s. by the end of week. its winds have already snapped trees and power lines across the island of st. martin. leaving a few people with power now. the storm is trekking towards turks and caicos. rob marciano is tracking the hurricane for us. what's the latest? >> well, category 4. the pressures come up a smidge from the hurricane hunter aircraft in this thing a little while ago. nonetheless, it hasn't weakened a ton. the center is 200 miles to the north-northwest of san juan, puerto rico. a glancing blow from this. u.s. virgin islands, as you saw, got beat up pretty good. now it is headed towards the turks and caicos. that's not the next item that's -- going to be a concern here. here is a satellite picture.
the diameter of the eye is about 30 nautical miles and looks like it has gotten cloud cover shrouded there. movement is west-northwesterly. movement is towards the u.s. by the way, immediately behind it, fiona formed yesterday afternoon. that's going to go right in the tracks of earl. just have to wait to see what fiona does. i want to talk more about earl. this is a major storm. it will make a close pass, if not directly hit the u.s. here, in the next few days. sheer the forecast now for the national hurricane center. category 4 status. early thursday morning and into early friday morning, it will make a pass across the outer banks or near the outer banks. potentially across parts of eastern new england. notice the shaded area from north carolina all the way to maine. that's the area that is under the cone of uncertainty. margin area of the hurricane center aloud meaning they could stay indirect impacts but might
seeing the direct landfalling hurricane. this is going to be a dicey situation over the next day or two. certainly on the outer banks prepare now for a hurricane strike. opponent reply this thing goes off to sea. at the moment, it is too close to call. >> if you are eating breakfast i will warn you now that the story probably will make you gag. we know how disgusting the conditions were at the egg farms in iowa. the ones believed to be the heart of the salmonella outbreak. josh levs has the gus some details for us. i guess pretty much expected this. >> we did. here is the thing. it is so gross. what i'm about to tell you. we keep hearing people say we need more inspections. you mo what happens when you get tin respectses, find really gross stuff at some of these places. what happened here, the fda released inspection reports. noting violations at six farms, operated you about wright county egg and quality egg owned by the same company. same family. also three hillendale farms locations. inspections took place in august
after a bunch of new safety rules went into effect. we have examples for you now of what was found -- i will tell you, i don't have pictures from the actual farms. we are using general pictures to help you get the idea here. what was found here, uncaged hence tracking manure at the hillendale farms location. manure leaking on to the floor in several places. another one here. live rodents and rodent holes in a bunch of places inspectors finding at the hillen dale farm locations. over quality egg, wright county egg, a few things i'm seeing listed in the reports, then found live frogs. bunch of live wild birds that were not supposed to be there, flying in and out of different places. a whole mess of flies, all over these places. m maggots. manure piles. they said there were some manure piles that reached as high as eight feet tall. we want to help you envision what that is. i'm 6'1". higher than me.
to do it more clearly, on the ladder here, eight-foot ladder. imagine as i am going up here, everything i'm next to here is all manure, all the way up to here, little past this ladder. that's how high manure piles were in some places. i spoke to an expert who said we need to take new steps to protect the farms. here is what she told me. >> we think rye-risk facilities including the eggplants should be visited every six to 12 months. that's critically important if we are going to see improvements in egg safety and in peanut butter. lots of these food products that have caused outbreaks in recent years. >> okay. you think that if that's in place and would actually do what it takes to protect the egg supply, we wouldn't see this ever again in your interview? >> we might see it occasionally but it wouldn't get so big. and -- it is critically important that congress act quickly. >> when you see the things i'm
telling you about now today, these kinds of disgusting conditions that were found at the farms and you can hear why that's necessary, to be fair, wane to tell you both companies said that they are cooperating with the investigators, cooperating with authorities and taking all sorts of steps to clean up and make sure this doesn't happen again, that said, we now see when from what the inspectors found right here, the fact is that when they get there, when they take a good hard look at everything that's there, they find some really, really nasty gross stuff that you don't want anywhere near the food supply. >> i missed the part about the frogs. that's disgusting. all right. i thought i lost it at maggots. it takes it to another level. yeah. we will keep sifting through the documents. thanks, josh. president obama is leaving andrews air force base for fort bliss, texas, where he will meet with troops. it is home to troops that served at every stage of the iraq war and historic milestone today. by no meengsz an end to the violence in iraq.
we realize that. u.s. troops mark the form am end of the combat mission. unfortunately, we are still bringing you a number of reports on bombings and deaths of u.s. troops and iraqi civilians. tonight the president will address the nation and all this week here on cnn we are reflecting on the last seven years of what withdrawing u.s. troops means to both the u.s. and iraq. the withdrawal of troops can be heart wrenching for the families whose sons and daughters never made it home. cnn's barbara starr joins us live from ft. campbell, kentucky with more on that angle. >> reporter: we are here at ft. campbell, home of the 101st airborne division. they have done a number of very tough combat tours in iraq. we met a military mom here who says for her, no matter what the president says, the iraq war, is never going to be forgotten. >> i put it together. on the anniversary, four-month anniversary of his death. >> reporter: sheilah patton shows a book of tributes to her
son, army ranger staff sergeant james jimmy patton. photos, memories and letters of condolence. your first is a letter from the president of the united states. >> yes. >> reporter: it is important. >> yes, it is. it is. very important. >> a home of memories. >> it is his dress blues. >> reporter: jimmy was killed in northern iraq in april. that alone tragedy. but there is more for this mother of three. her husband is serving in eastern afghanistan. when jimmy was killed, his father flew to iraq to pick up his son's body and brought it home. the emotional cost of the war in iraq for thousands of military like the pattons does not. >> for your family, which has made the ultimate sacrifice, how
long will iraq be with your family? >> forever. >> president only has long counselled other army wives and mothers about the importance of being resilient. now important than ever before. i think that i have something to share. >> patton says that many army wives and mothers are now sisters in arms. the backbone of military families. >> i have a voice and i'm willing to share my voice. i think with jimmy's death i have been given a mission and that mission is to try to help other families be resilient. you have to find humor and laughter and you have to be positive to get through it. otherwise you are miserable and -- depressed and you can't take care of your children and can't take care of yourself or do your job. so you have to have positive attitude. >> patton says she still feels jimmy's presence in quiet woods behind the house.
jimmy she says died the way he wanted to in combat with his buddies? n a war likely to be part of the american experience for years to come. sheilah doesn't expect to see her husband greg home from afghanistan until at least january. but here at the 101st here of ft. campbell, kentucky, another unit of soldiers is already getting ready to deploy to iraq to help support those 50,000 u.s. troops that will be there for many months to come. >> thanks so much. president obama will address the nation on iraq tonight from the oval office and he's also going to talk about afghanistan and broader war on terrorism. join cnn for live coverage of that speech. 8:00 p.m. eastern followed by our breakdown of the president's remarks and reports from iraq, afghanistan, and pakistan. listen to how some kids at one school are learning math. >> eight, nine, ten, 11, 12.
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fix our schools. that will drive what you see on cnn this week. cnn has a mission. we will shine light on success stories that can empower us to watch our children so much more than they are getting now. success stories like this one, randi kaye of rochester, new york. >> second angle. >> reporter: take a good look inside this classroom. notice what isn't happening. not a single student daydreaming. each one alert, engaged. >> what's the greatest of the three angles? >> reporter: this fifth grade math teacher at rochester charter school uses dozens of techniques she says make her
students want to learn. >> 8, 9, 10, 11, 12. how many do i got? 5. keep it lined up. next. >> doing a regular subtraction problem and get boring after a while. you hit them with a song and it is so much more interesting to them. what type of triangle? >> reporter: that's one of 49 techniques kelly reagan learned from this former teacher and principal. doug says that he figured out how to take good teachers and make them great. you do not believe that a good teacher is born. you believe a good teacher is made. >> yes, i believe great teachers are made. i double dare you to use the word adjacent later on. >> reporter: what do you think makes a successful teacher? the first thing that has to happen is the teach hears to have control of the classroom environment. >> reporter: doug has been at this five years. he seeks out schools with high poverty and high performance and asks himself what's in the
water. why does this work? he sits in the classroom, takes notes and records the teachers to perfect his techniques. he already has more than 600 hours of videotape. doug shares his favorite techniques with his teachers. sort of like paying it forward. in this video the teacher asks a question. then calls on his student and calls on the same girl twice in a row. >> kids really have to be on their tows. >> reporter: in the seventh grade math class, students snap. >> one, two. nicely done. number four. >> reporter: it force it is whole class to engage in the answer. 80% of the students here come from poverty. this may be their only shot at a future. here at rochester prep some students arrive only able to read at a third grade level. some don't even know their letters. after just two years here, doug says those same students are twice as proficient as the rest of the district. and ten times more prepared for
college. >> 100% of the kids were proficient in seventh grade in math and in english. >> reporter: 100%. >> every kid. >> reporter: improving education. randi kaye, cnn, rochester, new york. >> all this week we are looking at the problems facing our schools. today we want to what makes a great teacher. send us your thoughts at cnn.com. our digital producer is sifting through your e-mails now and we wouldn't hear from you. students are weighing in on this, too. they are telling teachers ditch the boring, predictable lesson plans and get creative. we are getting view from the classroom next. [ female announcer ] you use the healing power of touch every day.
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avoid a big sell-off at least right at the open. you know, as you mentioned, it is a final trading session of august. august could go down as the worst month in a decade at least for stocks. the dow and s&p 500 are down more than 4% this month. that's as the nasdaq tumbled 6%. the dow only had seven winning sessions since tend of july. that's a poor showing compared to the big rallies we saw earlier in the summer. this morning investors are taking in a bunch of economic reports. at the top of the hour we learned that home prices jumped in june. the s&p case shill-shiller inde prices climbed more than 4% across 20 u.s. major cities in june. the last month the home buyer tax credit was available. this was the third straight monthly increase in prices. now in 15 minutes we are going to get the latest reading on manufacturing in the chicago area and at 10:00 eastern time, we will get new figures on
consumer confidence. all of this data could wind up moving the markets. submit the influx of data we get over today and over the next few days, analysts do expect investors to continue to be jittery until we get the big report. i'm talking about the monthly jobs report on friday. as we wait for the opening bell, keep this in mind. we will be watching the stocks for saks fifth avenue. they had all sorts of rumors about bankruptcy. they are there are new rumors of a possible takeover offer. stocks are up over 30%. down a witness by three points. >> alison, thanks so much. as the u.s. enters the final hours of its combat mission, we thought that this was a good time to revisit some of the victories in iraq. the resurgence of hope among its citizens and their refusal to give up. nowhere was that more evident than baghdad's only school for the blind. it was one of the stories that i did while i was there that i
will never forget. the institute is baghdad's only school for the blind. i thought that i was coming here as a reporter. but i ended up a student. learning unforgettable lessons. >> one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight. nine, ten. 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19. 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25. >> reporter: the boy counts more than numbers. he counts his blessings. god gives me things and takes things away, he tells me. even though i'm blind, god gave me cleverness. the lowest grade i ever received is 85.
thanks be to god, i succeed every semester. and his teacher is making sure of that. you were a stun here and now you teach here. >> it is a kind of feeling that cannot be described. it is a kind of happiness. >> reporter: are you sharing that happiness with these children? >> yes. yes. i feel myself happy. >> reporter: but we realized quickly am ra needed much more than just love for these kids. he needed supplies. what better resource than the school where helen keller studied? perkins school for the blind in boston didn't even hesitate about a donation. the next thing we knew, braillers, paper, dictionary and braille. sunglasses were headed to baghdad.
but it wasn't easy. from boston to baghdad, deliveries in a war zone can be life threatening. these boxes made it with help from the charity ird, international relief and development. here we go, says this teacher. who immediately typed a thank you note with the new perkins brailler. special machine for the blind that types braille. it only got better. she has never owned a pair of sunglasses in her life. not on your hair, our eyes. it is to protect them. remember the teacher? >> i'm really, really happy. i can't believe to have a dictionary. >> reporter: when is the last time that you saw a grown man cry over a new dictionary? >> the school didn't have one
until now in english. it was -- the teacher who was interviewed made that request so he would be better in his teachings. that was one of the important deliverys made. >> reporter: you know what else is so remarkable about these students? their humility. all these gifts received with wonderment and soft thank yous. i thank everyone for this sym l symbolic gift, says 13-year-old yusef. things will be getter now. better maybe. hopeful, absolutely. grateful, always. >> thank you. >> i have a few updates after seven years on a number of those kids, we did that piece, first of all, i want to introduce to you the man behind those pieces i did, my photographer and edit or. iraqi is here living in the u.s.
that was an awesome moment when we found out you were able to come over on the refugee program. it was in one day you packed up and left. right? >> yes. remember that day, i decided to leave because it was fast changing in iraq and i was desperate. i work with the american company, cnn. yeah. one day i left iraq. >> it is amazing that -- i mean, we worked together for so many months. throughout so many years. and i want to explain to our viewers what was so special balance working with you. this was your country. i mean, this is where you were born and raised and i told you we are not going to do stories on troops. we are not going to embed with the u.s. forces. we -- i really want to do these pieces about the iraqi people. you embraced that. >> you remember -- i remember in cuba -- three years ago, almost three years ago, when we got to
doing like blind school, show kids -- right. >> -- a bad situation. there's everything, bomb every day, kidnapping people. for reason or no reason. and i'm really surprised when i put my camera -- i look through my view finedder and i see peop trying to educate themselves. every day go to school or go to college. and that surprised me. and -- also, i'm so happy cnn, american company think about iraqi people. not just for american troops. t i'm really surprised and
happy, happy to be with you, with cnn, to shoot about my people. >> it showed. you helped us. you helped me translate and you helped me with access. if we had hassles at security points and you were so pivotal in saying look, this is what we are trying to do. it is a positive story on the people. you mentioned baghdad university. we attempted one time to get there. remember we were both in tears because the tape got jammed in the camera. it was awful. >> you know, and -- we have to do everything, interview. at the bureau, we have nothing. >> and it was hard for us. we never thought we would get a chance go back but we did. let's talk about what happened for a minute. i pulleded apart from that piece that got you and me really
shaken up that day. the whole crew and the classroom. >> classroom. the bomb outside the university. >> let's listen to it. we've got it. are those bombs? those are bombs going off? >> yes, yes. >> how does that make you feel when you her those bombs going off as you sit here in class? fear, anxiety. i wonder if my family is okay. we have no idea where those bombs are landing. >> remember that. we were shooting the class. college class. political science class. and all of a sudden we heard the bomb. remember the class didn't even really budge. they sort of -- they paid attention but kept going. >> keep going. they try every day. every day they try to educate
themselves. really happy to see like they have energy. they have something inside of them. >> keep going. >> we asked them about that. in the middle of the class. wow, this has become normal for you. and it became normal for us. but at the same time not like normal for them. we had bodyguards. we had security. they spent every single day walking to school in this environment. >> walking and they have no vests no helmets. keep going. every day. i'm happy to see them. i am happy to -- and you -- delivered those package. >> let me ask you before we go. we will talk again at 10:00. we had exclusive access in
saddam hussein's cell and read his journals and his diary and that impacted you tremendously. we are going to talk about that at 10:00. before we go, just one final thought about iraq. you are living in the states now. obviously you feel much safer. but do you miss your country? >> sometimes i miss my country. when i hear anything about the news, when i hear something going on there, and i'm glad to have another country. i have another family respect me. they try to help me. i'm surprised when i came here, first day, second day, all of cnn who tried to help me. they came to my apartment. they said what you want? we can give you this, that. i'm really glad.
and very happy, very happy. >> well, you have to know you did so much for us. we love you. it is obvious. i think our viewers know that, too, when they listen to you and get to know you. you are a special human being. >> thank you. >> we love to have you working with us. come back at ten:00 and we will talk about another piece we did. the war in iraq lasted longer than world war ii. for many iraqi children, it is all that they have never known. they are going to tell their stories of growing up and bloodshed and heartbreak they experienced. [ female announcer ] you use the healing power of touch every day.
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checking top stories. hurricane earl could ruin the labor day weekend for the east coast. earl has moved back into the open atlantic. winds, 135 miles per hour an hour. rodents, piles of manure, swarms of flies. that's what the fda found at two iowa farms at the heart of the huge egg recall. no wonder nearly 1800 people have gotten sick twonchlgtsz men that took a flight to amsterdam are being questioned about cell phones and watches in their luggage. it may have been a dry run or terrorist
♪ fix our schools. those three words will drive much of what you see on cnn this week. as america's children return to school, cnn has a mission. we sent teams across the country to document the education crisis in america. most importantly, we are going to shine a light on success stories that can empower us to offer our children so much more than they are getting now. it play as big part in students' success. not a lot of argument there. evaluating the person standing in front of the blackboard with chalk in hand is tricky. we want know what students are looking for from their teachers. carl had a candid conversation with students. talking about how -- i guess how willing were they to open up about their teachers and actually maybe talk a little smack. >> yeah. i would say they hold nothing back. >> that's good. >> it was a very good thing. we didn't want to just find out
what worked and as far as their teachers were concerned. we wanted to know about teaching styles what what they responded to and what they didn't respond to. i will have that coming up later this morning. i have a special segment for you. it is what makes a great teacher. i will let them do the talking. >> it is the fact that they are willing to stay after school, be there before school. walk around during lunch and say you are working on the homework, how are you doing. >> passion and dedication and humor. let's say your administration asks you to sit in on a hiring session. what qualities are you willing to look for, if you can make that decision to hire a teacher. >> i would say someone prepares you for the next step. >> i would definitely ask them to talk about the subject. talk with the favorite ways to teach. my favorite teacher doesn't teach the same way every day. we find different ways to communicate information and it sticks once you make -- once you laugh about it. >> laugh about it being three words we heard from a couple of students. there was another young lady
that talked about how because her teacher made jokes in the classroom, whether it was about the students or herself or the lesson, it helps students actually refocus on what they were learning. there was a human factor in what they fell made a great teacher here. >> they want a creative and fun process. when have you a boring teacher, you don't have any interest in learning. right? >> you know, to some extent that's true. additionally, you know, lot of the teachers i have spoken to, my mom is a teacher and i know a lot of teachers. without a sense of humor many of them wouldn't make it through the day. >> this -- facebook, do teachers facebook with their students, block their students? how does all of that play in? >> some do. that was the question i asked. whether or not teachers and students should be friends on facebook. i don't want to give everything away now but what i will tell you they were sharply divided on had. some say it is useful for lessons and questions about homework. others say teachers need to teach and students need to be students. >> do some of the teachers have
the philosophy of blocking their students? >> i am sure any philosophy you think of, teachers have at some point along the line. there are those that feel like it is a great way to connect and others that say no way. there was one student that told us her teacher would not skype or facebook. she wanted that divide between them. to some extent i think that fosters an environment of respect. >> so you are featuring these on cnn's student news. let's remind our viewers the ways they can access what you are doing. >> cnnstudentnews.com. we are on hln, itunes. everything we do, so far the school year, everything we have done is at cnnstudentnews.com. >> carl, thanks so much. >> we want to hear what -- we heard from the students. now we tornado warning hear from you. let's ask you the question dash what do you think makes a great teacher? send us your thoughts and you can see our digital producer there sifting through your
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on. jacqui jeras is tracking hurricane earl. >> category 4, packing winds of 135 miles per hour. it's pulling away from puerto rico and heading toward the u.s. coastline. also coming up in the next hour, like the city itself, detroit's public schools drowning in debt. the high school graduation rate just 59%. there are two math professors making an incredible impact through a math camp. there's been a lot of talk about no more american combat troops in iraq, but you may be surprised who's really going to be fighting the last phase of the war here. thank you very much. next hour, i'm going to take you to the last place that former iraqi strongman saddam hussein called home pryer to his execution. [ female announcer ] stay once...
it's an historic milestone today but by no means an end to the violence in iraq. u.s. troops marked the formal end of the u.s. combat missions but we are still bringing you reports of bombings and deaths of u.s. troops. case in point, ieds, still a threat to the 50,000 u.s. troops in iraq and are the weapon of choice for the taliban in afghanistan. now u.s. force have a new weapon to fight them, planes. >> reporter: planes like these are the newest secret weapon against road side bombs in afghanistan. carrying sensors that sniff out deadly threat. this man is responsible for finding ways to fight improvised explosive device. >> just in the last few weeks, we deployed a couple of air planes with really revolutionary capability to do essentially chemical analysis at a distance, and they can distinguish
ammonium nitrate, which is one of the fertilizer based chemicals that are being used to make ieds. those airplanes are flying. we're seeing how they are working. >> reporter: troops may be celebrating the official end of combat in iraq but ieds still threaten troops in iraq and afghanistan despite yeared of improved armor protection. more than 400 ieds a month are put out on the roads but afghanistan is now the focus. >> for the first time in eight years, we are really surging our counteried capability there. the number of pieces of equipment, the number of trained people is increasing by a large factor, so we are getting in the
game in afghanistan in a way we've not been in the past. >> reporter: waiting has been costly. in 2008, 87 u.s. troops were killed by ied attacks in afghanistan. last year, it skyrocketed to 187. in just the first seven months of this year, more than 140 troops killed. lieutenant colonel raymond fank has treated hundreds of the wounded. >> we have seen nor devastating ieds recently because as reported in the news, the amount of explosive is being increased because our protection is increased, and the enemies adapts and makes bigger bombs. >> reporter: bigger bombs with no metal content that can be detected, making these planes a vital tool in this very long war. we have been talking about the troops leaving iraq but there are 50,000 still there. a closer look at their mission
just ahead. if you are eating breakfast, i want to give you a heads up. this story probably will kill your appetite. rodents, frogs, maggots and seeping manure found at the farms linked to the salmonella outbreak. josh levs has been looking over the reports. bottom line, josh, gross? >> i have a slight advantage over you that i have read the report so many times that i'm passed being grossed by it. the fda released these inspection reports noting violations at six farms operated by wright county egg and quality egg and three hillendale farms. these inspections took place in august after new safety rules went into effect. what these inspectors found, i will tell you about them. we are using general pictures, not from the farm itself. uncaged hen tracking manure at hillendale farms, and another
one, manure leaking onto the floor at hillendale farms locations, live rodents and rodent holes as well. jump over to quality egg and wright county egg sites. they found live frogs in one section and found a bunch of live wild birds that were not supposed to be there and in areas where they wouldn't think there would be birds in general. a whole mess of flies, tons and tons of flies living and dead. maggots, the word you want to here at 7:00 a.m. pacific. when you hear what they write about the manure piles, some were big enough that they couldn't close some of the doors. that's eight foot tall. i'm 6'1" and that's two feet higher than me. this is an eight-foot ladder. message all along this ladder is manure. this would go just above the
ladder. from the floor all of the way up and past the ladder is a manure pile they found at an egg farm. just last week i was speaking with a food safety expert who said more inspecses are needed. >> we think that high-risk facilities, including these egg plants should be visited every six to 12 months. that's critically important if we're going to see improvements in egg safety, spinach safety, in peanut butter and food products that caused outbreaks in recent years. >> you think if that's in place, it would do what it takes to protect the nation's egg supply? we wouldn't see this ever again in your view? >> we might see it occasionally but it wouldn't get so big and it's critically important that congress act quickly. >> now, i'm going to add here that the companies have said they're working with authorities and investigators, doing everything they have to do to clean up and everything
necessary to prevent this from happening again and are committed to doing so, but, kyra, when the inspections finally do happen, you just find out sm about some incredibly gross stuff you don't want near your food. >> this explains why so many people got sick. thanks, josh. the east coast is keeping a close eye on hurricane earl, a category 4 storm that could impact the carolinas just in time to ruin the labor day plans. check out the latest radar view of hurricane earl on the left side of your screen, and on the right, what the storm looks like from the international space station. what do you think, jacqui? >> i think it's a really close call, kyra. if we don't get a direct hit, it will ruin your beach weekend, the early part. if you are thinking about going to the coast, heed the warnings. if you see the red flags flying, stay out of the water. i think we will see tropical
storm conditions coming in by thursday. here's the late ef on earl, a category 4 storm, maximum sustained winds at 135 miles per hour. it's going through a cycle right now. it is pulling away from puerto rico, and skirting north of the domestic can republic and heading towards the turks and caicos later today. you see the cone of uncertainty as we head into thursday night and friday morning. by the carolinas and virginia beach and up towards cape cod later into the weekend. we definitely expect those conditions to deteriorate. it will be a close call, probably within 80 miles of the coast, kyra. this is something we will be watching. rob marciano heading out to the beach and reporting live there tomorrow morning. with labor day weekend almost here, this story may rattle the nerves of the
nation's air travellers and those in charge of keeping them safe. two men were taken into custody in the netherlands after stepping off a chicago to amsterdam flight. they were questioned about suspicious items in their luggage, a cell phone taped to a pepto-bismol bottle. the men may have been trying to test u.s. airport security. department of homeland security isn't willing to go that far at least publicly but here's the statement. quote the items were not deemed to be dangerous in and of themselves, and as we share nachings with our international partner, this continues to be under investigation. president obama is on his way to ft. bliss, texas. it's home to the troops who have served at every stage of the iraq war, and it's an historic milestone today. u.s. troops marked the formal
end of the combat mission but unfortunately we're still bringing you reports of bombings and deaths of u.s. troops and iraqi civilians. tonight the president will address the nation and we are reflecting on the last seven years and what withdrawing u.s. troops means to both the u.s. and iraq. there are 50,000 u.s. troops still in iraq who want you to know that they have not pulled out. these troops are now in support of iraqi forces but can still be in harm's way. chris lawrence is in baghdad. >> reporter: loaded down in kevlar on the same dusty roads. don't tell these soldiers the combat troops are gone. >> it's a misnomer. it sounds like we all went home. we're still here. >> reporter: or in the words of staff sergeant at dam stevens. >> these are the same guys that unleashed the fury.
>> reporter: this man deployed to iraq three times. third brigade fourth i.d. is on its forth deployment here. some of these soldiers or new dawn's noncombat mission are some of the battle tested in the war. >> there are times and places when you had streets run red with blood. >> reporter: it's better, much better but the sergeant told me he can never let his guard down. >> the ied threat is there. >> reporter: buried in the ground, camouflaged in trash. if enough of them get together, they will try a complex direct attack. >> they want to mount the on us and get squirrelly and go toe to toe with us. most of them are dead but it doesn't happen too much. >> reporter: even before new dawn's official beginning, american and iraqi troops have been living together on bases like this.
their new advise and assist mission means u.s. troops are still in convoys and on patrols but following the iraqis, not leading them. >> we're there, watching, teaching, coaching, kind of producting them onto the right decisions. >> reporter: and over the next year and a half, the u.s. troops will continue to draw down, so as the time progresses, there's going to be less troops and resources for the iraqis to draw on. so what the u.s. forces are going to be trying to do is try to improve the iraqi's human intelligence. in other words, right now, when the iraqis go after the high-value targets, they're only getting their man about 20% of the time. the u.s. would like to raise that success rate to about 70%. >> chris, how exactly is this advise, assist and coaching going to work? >> reporter: think of it like this. the iraqis decide to go on a raid. they target a specific compound
and go on a raid. they ask the americans to provide some helicopter, air support. then you have maybe two or three american humvees on the ground coordinating that air support. they'd be able to give the iraqi commander video display so that he can see realtime where his troops were and the americans could advise as the operation is happening in realtime. >> chris lawrence from baghdad, thanks. president obama will address the nation on iraq tonight from the oval office. he's also going to talk about afghanistan and the broader war on terrorism. join cnn for live coverage of that speech 8:00 p.m. eastern. plus the remarks from iraq, afghanistan and pakistan. detroit students cheering about math problems. it's all because of a camp that's helping them rise above the city's high dropout rates and low test scores. almost all of these kids will go on to graduate. ne
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fix our schools. those three words will drive much of what you see on cnn this week because as america's children return to school, cnn has a mission. we sent reporting teams across the country to document the education crisis in america and will shine the light on success stories that can empower us to offer our children so much more than they're getting right now. before we talk answers, let's take a closer look at the problem. oush public education system used to lead the pack, now we fight to keep up with the international community. arne duncan is opening up about it and hits the laeg for his second leg of the courage in the classroom tour. >> i think as a country we've gotten complacent and soft and rested on our laurels. we have not dropped. we have flat lined and stagnated and other countries have passed us by. other countries have invested more and taken this more seriously, and they have
understood in this globally competitive economy that to have a strong country you have to have a great education system. >> well, detroit's public schools rank among the worst in the country. logging some of the lowest test scores on record on the nation's report card. if you want to know how bad it is, here's an example. 301 minus 75, a sample question from a national test given to fourth graders. the answer is 224. only one in three kids got that right in detroit. low test scores, high dropout rates paints a bleak picture but there are bright spots, like a camp that has students so excited about math problems that they cheer. pop ipy, these kids are passionate about math. >> reporter: they are. these kids, they're the exception to the rule, especially when you talk about
detroit. it is failing its children. they have massive debt, mounting dropouts, but there is this change that is brewing in detroit, thanks to two teachers determined to change the lives of their students. we met them. take a look. detroit may be trying to reinvent itself but when it comes to educating its children, the word struggle only begins to describe the situation. >> almost every kid has to walk through a metal detector to go to school. >> one of my students says he and his friends prepared themselves for what to do some somebody puts a gun in your face. >> reporter: only 59% of students graduate from high school and right now the school system is battling a $363 million budget deficit. >> three plus three. >> reporter: as desperate as the situation may be, two wayne state university professors have found success inspiring detroit kids, and of all places, a math
camp. >> remember you want to play mathematics, you have to keep it simple. >> reporter: in 1991 way few kids, these professors started math corps, a free six-week program for youngsters grade seven and up. what's different? complex and often scary math problems are transformed into team challenges. >> that's perfect! >> reporter: the curriculum creates an environment where supporting others is central to learning. >> we have a support system. we support people like this, and when we get it right, we agree and it makes them happy to see the people ae griing with them. >> reporter: math corps now accepts 500 students per year. they come not only to learn but also to teach. >> kids teaching kids works unbelievably well because it's not kids teaching kids. it's kids caring about kids. >> reporter: and the proof is in
the numbers. 90% of students who complete math corps graduate from high school, and 80% go on to college. >> the fact that you have them on a college environment at a young age -- i'm sorry. it tells them you're worth something. we believe we cannot just change the school system but change, you know, the city in a fundamental way. >> reporter: so the goal here, change the entire city, not just detroit school system. one of the girls in that piece said to me, i think we can change detroit just a little bit at a time and anotr kid we talked to says this has given me a purpose to live. it's incredible what the program is doing for students. president clinton talked about it at the global initiative last year. more and more people are
catching on, but the key here really when you talk to the teachers who give so much of their life to do this says we're teaching math because we know how to do it but we're teaching courage, integrity and compassion and it goes a long way. >> these teachers have passion and love what they do, and students feed off that. bottom line. think of the teachers we remember, the ones that were fun and animated and full of great energy, right? >> reporter: it is. that's who you remember. i said to them, you know, you hear the excuse kids come from broken homes and we can't fix that problem. these teachers don't believe that. most of these kids come from broken homes and they completely turn around because of a six-week program in the summer. they say it's not about excuses or broken homes or family problems. it's about what you do. making them think not only can i go to college but i will go to college and teach other kids what i learned. they're trying to spread it
across detroit but major bureaucracy problems are getting in the way and funding problems. they still haven't been paid by the detroit public school system that they ran this summer. they had to pay for it by themselves. major funding problems are getting in the waive of something that's proven for 20 years spreading across the city and country. we will stay on top of it. >> i know you will. we raised money before for detroit schools. we'll do it again. >> reporter: exactly. how do you think america should fix our schools? tweet your ideas, and we'll read your comments on the air throughout the day. in pakistan, most of the floodwaters have receded and millions of people are hungry and thirsty and in dire need of help. dr. sanjay gupta looks at the aid efforts falling short. boss: our breakout session is gonna be great.
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sometimes it works, and sometimes it doesn't, and i tell you, it can break your heart sometimes when the whole relief process falls through the cracks. take a look. ever wonder what desperation looks like? this is it. the police are coming in to basically break up this demonstration. what happened here was locals basically set up a road block right over here. as soon as an aid truck would come in, they would basically storm that aid truck and steal as many supplies as they could. they're desperate, and they're quick to tell you about it. it wasn't so much anger as it was bitter frustration and hopelessness. thousands of displaced people feeling forgotten and ignored. here's how it's supposed to work. a much more organized camp, for example. a family here hazmats and tents and can withstand the rain coming. if you look inside this tent,
you see water jugs, cooking oil and cooking utensils. problem is, you won't find many camps like this one. most look like this, thousands of families low on tents and food, thick with desperation. one of the really difficult situations here is that there is no mechanism of distributing the aid. it is just awful to think about, and as people describe it to us, it's just really embarrass rasing to be treated like animals. where is all of the aid going? you see trucks with aid in it but it doesn't seem to be getting to people who need it the most. so we followed this aid truck from a distance. first sign of hope these people felt in weeks, but what was about to happen was outrageous. first, government rangers with big sticks organized -- women and children here, men over there. all of them waiting in the hot sun. this is hard to believe. these people have been waiting now for some time for food.
women and children over here. men over there. the truck was in with aid here and pulled to gas station and are leaving. there was no explanation for this. all of these people still hungry, still thirsty. this is heart breaking. people waiting a while for the truck thinking they were going to get aid and received nothing. this commander has the impossible task of trying to feed 20 million people. have you been out to the camps outside here and talked to the people? have you actually heard from them? because i hear what you're saying but they tell me something else. >> people are desperate, but there are also people who have been very well fed. i believe that most of them are being fed regularly. >> reporter: but i saw a different story in the dozen refugee camps i visited. there's no regular meals here. desperation mounts. it's going on again, people basically going in and trying to get whatever they can get.
i want to give you a quick idea of what can happen to some of the most precious commodities needed when something like this happens. there was just a riot out here. needed medicines, antibiotics end up on the ground shattered literally. desperation has its consequences, and in this case, no one benefitted. it's so hard to see the smashed bottles of medicines so hard to get in the country in the first place lying there smashed on the ground. obviously, there are people being feds a commander faisal said, but there are so many examples that we showed you. i don't know where the truck ended pup. people say they are only going to feed specific communities or friends. it's very disorganized and you see the seed effects of that. >> they may have survived the flood yet they're dying from dehydration and not getting these supplies? >> reporter: i always talk about the fact that they talk about a second wave of illness and death
after a natural disaster. they talked about it after haiti and the tsunami. often times that doesn't emerge. get clean water over there, and people can escape that surge, but you are seeing it already. people keep asking, is it going to happen? i can tell you, we are outside this hospital, one of the largest in the area, and people are coming in with significant problems, including typhoid fever, malaria, and this will cause a huge problem if people don't get some sort of treatment, and lying in relief camps without clean water and nutrition, they are not getting any care whatsoever. >> sanjay gupta reporting from karachi for us. we were talking about the men taken into custody in the netherlands. they are being questioned about suspicious items in their luggage but apparently new details coming from homeland land security. jeanne meserve has it for us. >> reporter: kyra, accordingly to a u.s. government official
who was briefed on this situation quote this looks like a nothing. we see no evidence of a dry run or a connection to terrorism. the men were detained in amsterdam after arriving on a flight from chicago. one of the men, who departed from birmingham, alabama, a security check found suspicious items including watches attached to a shampoo bottle, knives and box cutters. the department of homeland security says the items were not deemed to be dangerous in and of themselves, none of them are prohibited and checked luggage, and the man was allowed to fly. another thing had security concerned, a man flying from birmingham to chicago and another man flying from chicago were ticket ond a flight from chicago to dulles airport, going then on to due by and yemen. the luggage went one place, and the men ended up on a different
flight, so investigators wanted to know if it was intentional and if they knew each other. apparently not, they both missed their original flight in chicago due to a gate change. they were rebooked by united onto the chicago/amsterdam flight and it appears they did not know each other. one was only going as far as dulles. in the checked luggage of the man from birmingham, the man had picked up items requested by people in yemen and taped together the items requested by each person. we're also told investigators have searched his house and delphed into this background and not found anything suspicious. >> jeanne, thanks. it's been seven years since the fall of saddam hussein and i will take you to the last place he called home prior to his execution, his prison cell. i want to know why. i want to know why my hair is falling out.
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president obama is on his way to ft. bliss, texas where he's going to meet with troops. it's an historic milestone today but by no means an end to the violence in iraq. u.s. troops mark the formal end of the combat mission but we are still bringing you reports on bombings and deaths of u.s. troops and iraqi civilians. president obama will address the nation, and here on cnn we are reflecting on the last seven years and what this means to both the u.s. and iraq. one of the watershed moments of the iraq war has to be december 14th, 2003, when u.s. troops captured saddam hussein cowering in a spider hole near his hometown of tikrit. a little more than three years later, he was sent to the gallos for his execution, but his last days were spent much like any other convicted criminal, living in a prison cell block.
while reporting in baghdad, i had exclusive access to this last place he called home. it was one of the last times the world saw saddam hussein alive. now, for the first time, you will see where he lived out his last moments. in his cell reading from his journal and his final haunting photograph. so he was actually jailed in a building he built? >> jailed in a building he built and many of his guests came and enjoyed. >> reporter: did he know where he was? >> initially, we didn't think he did but he ultimately knew exactly where he was. >> reporter: major general doug stone oversees detention operations. according to stone, saddam also knew what was once decadent had become bare. this is the cell where saddam hussein slept, bathed and spent
his final morning. >> he got up and was informed that, in fact, today would be the day that he would be going to the execution. he bathed himself here. in a very modest manner. it was winter, so it was cold. he then put on his dark suit, the one i think most people have seen that was laying out here. he put that on, and he was all ready to go and took about a ten-minute delay, but as he went out, he said good-bye to the guards and then got in the vehicles and, of course, proceeded over for the execution. >> reporter: what did the guard right about his final minutes? >> just in the last ten minutes while he was waiting, he asked the guard, he said i want to give you all my belongings urg give them to the lawyer, and tell my daughter he is going to meet god with a clear conscious and as a soldier sacrificing himself for iraq and for his people. >> reporter: next, to saddam's
cell, his exercise bike, examining table, basic medication, and a nickname not many people have ever heard. why did you all call him vic? >> a little known secret. when he came here, there was a debate, do you call him mr. president? that doesn't sound good. what do you call him? each detainee has an interment security number and we didn't call him that, either. one day he looked across and said, why do you have that initials on there, and we said that stands for very important criminal. he says what does that mean? vic. he says, that's what i want to be called. >> reporter: but, says stone, saddam felt much more comfortable in his garden, a garden he was allowed to grow under a watchful eye. >> this was his favorite area, not elaborate. >> reporter: did you find it odd he wanted a garden or did you suggest it? >> no, no. he wanted it.
he wanted to plant over here. somewhat interesting, nothing he ever planted grew very well and i don't know why that is, other than, you know, there are still some plants left there that kind of grew up, but the kind of flowering he was hoping for didn't flower. he was a little uncomfortable in his arms, often times trying to write, resting his arms. couldn't rest it up here. this got built up and duct taped so that at the right level he could kind of continue writing. >> reporter: there are writings, stone tells us, that have never been read publicly before. here in these pages it is clear he was obsessed with his legacy. >> therefore, i find my responsibility of citizens in my role as a believer in the nation require putting the dots on the letters so that the people in history thereforeafter may know the facts as they are and not as
though who want 0 counterfeit. >> reporter: he's afraid history won't be recorded as he wants it? >> exactly. >> reporter: he writes a poem talking about baghdad. he says the nights are darker after the sunset but the smoke and burning overwhelming the city. you will feel suffocated under the skies. my days are now nights, no stars, no moons but lots of screams. he was writing about something he couldn't see? >> yeah, it's fascinating. even where we're located now, he would have heard things, probably could have sensed fumes and that sort of thing, but he was seeing a very different battlefield than what he physically could see or experience at the moment. >> reporter: what do you think of the fact that he wrote poetry? >> trust me, i'm not a literature major but i think there's a sense of times wi willness in poetry.
i think saddam hussein through his writings was trying to equate himself with times willness. he was important in history and will be important in the future, and so linking this poetry together, all i can summer mirm wanted people to remember him in a poetic large fashion. >> the eery image of watching him. he writes, dear narks get rid of the hatred, take the clothes of hate and throw them in the ocean of hatred. god will save you and you will start a clean life with a clean start. this was someone so full of hate. >> he certainly was, those were his actions. how we see ourselves, how the world sees us, how we want the world is see us. there's a cunningness, a sense of where he's fitting, a desire
of piecing things together so this is what you remember. >> reporter: but this is the way many will remember saddam hussein. this was the last photo taken of him? >> that's right, kyra. this is the last picture ever taken of saddam hussein alive that we're aware of. >> reporter: why is he so angry? >> he is angry. she a guy that wouldn't normally look like that. our guards noticed it. the iraqi guards had written his name on the back of this white board and he misspelled his name and so he turned to them and said, i am saddam hussein. >> i want to introduce you to my photographer and editor, the one shooting these stories for me months and months on end when i was in baghdad a number of times. sarmad cass searry. you came over on the refugee program. in one day, your whole life changed. i want our viewers to know what
it was like from your perspective because i came into your room in baghdad and i said, we got a story tomorrow and i want to make sure you're comfortable with it. >> you came to me two days before the story. >> you remember. >> and i was editing at my desk, and you said to me, there's something like i don't know if we can do it or not. we have access to saddam's cell, and at that time, i don't know, as journalism, that's a very, very big story, okay. and on the same time when i go with you to do the story, one of the first trip to the jail go me and you put the tape, put the battery, everything, put the microphone on the general and on you, the first tape, i remember
every moment with my father because he destroyed my family. he destroyed -- he killed my father. and at that time, i remember every nice moment with my father. yeah. >> and i -- you know, you're making me cry, too, sarmad. i remember, i didn't want anybody else doing that piece but you. >> yeah. >> because you're from iraq, you're my best shooter and best editor, and you also knew how important it was to tell this story. >> yes. >> and you were thinking about those things and yet you remained very calm, even listening to his journal and what he said about iraqi people. do you remember how you felt throughout that entire day? were you -- because you didn't say anything to me.
you just kept doing your job. >> yes. >> but i could tell you were thinking a lot, about your father. >> at that time i told you i was thinking about every nice moment i spent with my father, and also, he not destroyed just my family, he destroyed entire families. iraqi families. and you have been in many houses of iraqi families. each house there is tons of stories of saddam. he destroyed many, many people, not just me or my family. he destroyed many, many people, and, also, i have to think i have to shoot it like fair because, you know, we work at cnn. i have to shoot it like journalist, like you know. i tried to calm down. i try not too much think about
that, that he destroyed my family or destroyed another families. but i tried to shoot everything fair. and i'm glad to one day after being in this prison to see where is his bed where he take bathroom. >> how he spent his final days? >> yes. >> do you think it was important for the iraqi people, like your family members that had survived, your friends that survived his regime -- do you think it was important for iraqis to see that story? >> of course, of course. i told you -- and until now, every time i -- i have been in this cell and until now i can't believe one day he was there. i've been there. i shoot on my camera, and me and you walk in the cell, but until now, can you imagine, until now, i can't think about he was there
and how about the other people, and other families, right. >> and we wanted to show a picture of your family and especially your dad, but you had to leave in one night, and had you to leave everything behind in iraq when you came here. >> yeah. i have just two suitcase, one for me, one for my mother. i don't have -- i just take these two suitcase, and i left iraq. i left my home, and i never back until now, back more than five -- for almost five years. >> sarmad, i say this over and over, we are blessed to have you working for us still here in the u.s. and i thank you so much for so many amazing experiences in iraq. a lot of that was because of you. >> thank you. >> thank you, sarmad. i'm angie everhart, and i lost 34 pounds on nutrisystem. if you've been thinking of starting nutrisystem, there won't be a better time this year.
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